So, “Spot” (Posted April 24, 2013 at 11:10 pm), it …

Comment on $60m church, town council deal may make Alice buzz by Bob Durnan.

So, “Spot” (Posted April 24, 2013 at 11:10 pm), it was beyond the ken of these fabulous civic-minded “developers” to organise maintenance and get the pipes fixed in a solid useful building whose rooms were much in demand by backpackers and others (I myself stayed there a number of times), but you reckon they have the answers to the town’s problems?
More likely they appreciated the way that they and their cronies would be able to ratchet up the rentals on their other properties around town once the Melanka had been decommissioned, and also make money by selling the Melanka site off for a song to suckers from interstate once they had reduced the hostel to rubble.

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$60m church, town council deal may make Alice buzz
Wtf “Spot” (Posted April 22, 2013 at 9:21 pm): “the town is full of undeveloped blocks … in the CBD”? You could have fooled me … Maybe “Spot” could point them all out to us? I thought developers had been complaining about a shortage of development sites in the CBD for years. I am only aware of the Melanka Hostel site, which would still be used as accommodation if some half-witted “developer” hadn’t knocked the hostel down; the old Shell Service Station site; and the old Commonwealth bank, which is still standing, in the CBD. Where are all these other undeveloped vacant sites in the CBD, or indeed in the rest of the town, Mr or Mrs “Spot”?
As for the height restrictions: community leaders, town planners and government had the foresight to preserve the laid back aura of Alice Springs, and the beauty of the views from Anzac Hill, by forbidding high rise development which could have turned the centre of Alice into a poor imitation of Las Vegas over the last few decades. The occasional four or five storey building may be permissible in some situations, but let’s keep the vistas of our beautiful hills, and forgo the concrete canyons.


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Evelyne Roullet (Posted January 16, 2019 at 6:30 pm): Re your question “Why does a Federal Government help a Labor Government?”
I could just as well ask: “Why shouldn’t a Federal Government help a Labor Government, or any other type of government, for that matter?”
Federal governments of both persuasions help state and territory governments in all manner of ways all the time, and why shouldn’t they?


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Evelyne (Posted below on January 14, 2019 at 10:15 am) says rhetorically: “Is there a law dictating how much alcohol can be carried in a vehicle? No!”
I have no idea whether Evelyne is correct, but it is evident that she is not aware of the powers conferred on NT police (and now on the NT Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors, aka PALIs) by a new Commonwealth law enacted by John Howard’s Federal Liberal-National Party Coalition government in September 2007. (The Federal law was immediately confirmed by the then NT Government in complementary amendments to its NT Liquor Act).
From that time NT police have been empowered to seize, and keep or destroy, any alcohol when they judge that the person in possession of it may be intending to illegally on-sell it and/or has no intention of consuming it in a place where it is legal to consume alcohol.
This power has formed the basis for almost all the POSI, TBL and PALI activities outside liquor outlets since they were first introduced by police under the Henderson Labor government in May 2012, up to the present day.
So Evelyne, the amount of alcohol in a vehicle is irrelevant. The powers of police to make a judgement about the situation are the key factor.
As for Ms Roullet’s opinion that “People should learn to control their environment”, it is hard to disagree. What an excellent “motherhood statement”.
It is even harder to fathom how Evelyne thinks this might begin to happen, in any constructive, sustainable and just manner, without the great help of the PALIs using the special powers conferred on them back in 2007, especially in relation to those people who are generally the main victims of alcohol-fuelled mayhem and waste: Infants, other children, many women, the weak, the infirm and the elderly. Do you think they should all be trained in the martial arts and issued with tazers and mustard gas, Evelyne?
Under exactly what circumstances do you think people would be able or likely to “learn to control their environment” if they were again engulfed in a tsunami of alcohol, Evelyne?
Would you be there to throw life jackets to the victims of the excessive drinkers?
Or would you prefer to let the survival of the fittest apply, and more generations of children fail to get a fair start in life?


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Hal @ November 9, 2018 at 8:09 am: There is no plan that I know of to do anything with the Anzac Oval area other than retain it pretty much as is, just better set up for concerts, other public events and general public access and use, but without football matches being played there.
I am certain that there is no intent “to turn … Anzac Oval into a bus parking bay for the proposed gallery.”


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Steve Brown, you claim ice – crystal meth – is a “massively escalating issue in both the town and surrounding communities for a long time”.
I have just checked with experienced youth workers in several remote communities, and they are all mystified by your claim.
Could it be that you are being fed false information?
You are risking being seen as an hysteric, unless you can substantiate your claim.
The fact that there have been occasional reports of isolated cases of ice use in bush communities over the years does not mean that its use is either widespread or escalating.


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